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Welbeck, Drinkwater, Amos, Petrucci called up for Euro U19 qualifiers

Posted by nickogs20 on September 23, 2008

United youngsters Danny Welbeck, Danny Drinkwater and Ben Amos have been included in the England U19 squad for next month’s Qualifying Round for the 2009 European U19 Championship, while Davide Petrucci has been called up by Italy.

The three Englishmen were picked by Brian Eastick for the U19s’ friendly with the Netherlands earlier this month (although Drinkwater was forced to pull out due to injury) and remain in the squad for the four team qualifying round, to be held in Belfast between the 8th and 13th of October. As well as the host Northern Ireland side, England will face their Serbian and Albanian counterparts as they bid to progress to the Elite Qualifying Round next spring. Full squad info can be found here.

Petrucci meanwhile will travel to Chisinau in Moldova with the Italian party, Russia and Latvia the other two teams in the group, and those games take place between the 2nd and the 8th of October. Petrucci’s presence in the U19 squad as a 16 year-old highlights just how highly the young Roman midfielder is rated in his homeland. Unfortunately there’s no place for Federico Macheda in the squad, but having been included in the U18 squad recently, there’s a big incentive there for Kiko to force his way into the U19s for the Elite Round (should Italy progress) by continuing his rapid progress with United.

As usual we’ll have updates on the quartet’s participation in the qualifiers in due course.

Some brief further international news – Joshua King is in Norway’s U16 squad for a couple of games this week, although his participation has to be in some doubt as he missed the Academy’s game with Derby on Saturday due to the ankle injury that has troubled him since returning from the Milk Cup. Robert Brady is definitely out of Ireland’s U17 qualifiers next month, his muscle injury not having healed sufficiently. And John Rory Gorman is part of the Northern Ireland U17 squad currently in the middle of their U17 qualifying round – won one, lost one so far with one still to play, details unfortunately scarce at the current moment.

We’ll have any news of further call-ups for the remaining U17/U19 qualifiers as it becomes available (or ‘if’ it becomes available, in the case of certain FA’s…).

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8 Responses to “Welbeck, Drinkwater, Amos, Petrucci called up for Euro U19 qualifiers”

  1. […] Davide Petrucci U19 https://manunitedyouth.wordpress.com/…19-qualifiers/ […]

  2. LouisRocca said

    Hi nickogs20, This is a great site!

    You are doing a great job getting info on our youth, and that is not easy…

    Just want to give you the info that Joshua King has widrawn from the Norway U16 squad. Not a big suprise since his been carring an injury for some time.

    Keep up the good work!

  3. nickogs20 said

    Thanks for that. Thought that might happen when he couldn’t play for us at the weekend.

  4. ross said

    Id expect Chris Curran and Conor Devlin to make the N. Ireland U-19 squad aswell, playing england on the 10th October. Is Corry Evans eligible? That would be worth watching given the represenatation from the club.

  5. nickogs20 said

    Corry’s eligible yeah, he’s only 18 and doesn’t turn 19 until next summer. He’s played in the last three U21 games though so I’m not sure if they maybe consider him to have progressed beyond that level now.

  6. keep producing english talents!

  7. rob hooper said

    Yes, that’s what we need, more English talent.

  8. nadz said

    I fink dat its amazing Petrucci is my fave n i fink he is a real talent after only bein at manu 4 bwt 2 mnths he is great n bein called up 2 italy u19

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